Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman
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About Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman
We have lived, or had a home, in North Yorkshire since 1978, and have grown to love the Yorkshire Dales, especially Swaledale. We have led a nomadic life for many years, which is the nature of being in the RAF. Now, ‘retired’ and in our early 70s, we still have a nomadic lifestyle. In 1993, we purchased and restored a collection of old farm buildings at Le Haut Fresnay in Normandy. This is now our second home, where we spend several months of the year managing our 3 holiday cottages there. In 1996, we acquired Corner House in Grinton, to which we return each year to relax during the winter months. Grinton and Le Haut Fresnay are delightful places, each different, but both homes we love and cherish. We invite you to come and share our enjoyment of them. You will not find a warmer welcome!
Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman chose Juvigny-Val-D'Andaine
After many holidays in France, during which we always had an eye open to the possibility of buying a second home, with outbuildings and land, we were drawn inexorably towards Normandy. Not only was it quite close to the UK, enabling us to remain within easy travelling distance of our families, but it was also - to us - a beautiful part of France. So it was that on a cold and damp November day we happened upon Le Haut Fresnay in the Orne region of southern Normandy. We knew what we were looking for, and Le Haut Fresnay fitted the bill. We took early retirement and embarked on our mission to create a nice home for ourselves, using a derelict barn, and at the same time to turn the other farm buildings into holiday cottages. All are well established and have been in operation for some 20 years.
What makes this Cottage unique
Now, after 20 years and with all the hard work behind us, we have our lovely home and 3 holiday cottages, to which many of our guests return year after year. They, like us, enjoy in particular the peace and tranquillity that is a special feature of Le Haut Fresnay. It is a place to relax and shake off the shackles of everyday life, a place to soak up the atmosphere, whether it be on the terrace under a starry summer sky, or in the comfort of the cottage living room with a glass of wine and the woodburning stove for company. Our cottages offer a home from home, with every modern convenience. If you happen to be disabled we can offer you La Fresnaie, which we designed and built expressly for disabled guests. For our part, we offer a warm welcome and we can provide whatever help is needed.
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A very peaceful place to stay,i
We enjoyed our stay here and if you want a relaxing holiday this is the place to be,we sat on the terrace and watched buzzards soaring above us and a fox crossing a nearby field.
Our host were very helpful and gave us plenty of information about the area,the cottage had all we needed for a comfortable stay and would recommend it to family and friends.
A Week in the Normandy Sun
Le Fournil is in quiet rural location, possibly remote by some standards, and offers everything you need for a relaxed break. The most curious internal feature is the old bread oven. Your hosts have an extensive local knowledge and are wonderfully helpful and thoughtful. Help was on hand to sort out both a flat tyre on our car and to track down somewhere that we could buy new pedals for one of our bikes! Not your average holiday mishap. The local town of Ceaucé is charming and has the most wonderful boulangerie from where breakfast croissants can be had. Further afield is the medieval town of Domfront where we were fortunate enough to enjoy a medieval fair, with knights on horseback parading through the town and archery stands where would be archers could try their skill. Further afield you can strike out for the coast at Mont St Michel should you wish to, though it is a full day trip. As would be heading further in land to the museum at Le Mans. There is plenty to do in and around the region and Le Fournil offers the ideal base for exploring Basse Normandie.
We thoroughly enjoyed having you as neighbours alongside us in Le Fournil.
Thank you for taking the trouble to write your review.
We hope we may see you again soon.
Nigel and Paula
Another relaxing holiday
Once again we had a most enjoyable and relaxing time at Le Haut Fresnay and it was especially nice to renew our acqaintance with Le Fournil - it is our favourite of the 3 cottages. As always, everything was well prepared, beautifully presented and in excellent order and we were made to feel most welcome by Nigel & Paula. We'd recommend it highly to anyone seeking a complete "get away". Our favourite nearby place for eating out is Bagnoles and their are several really good restaurants there. We also had a great Sunday lunch at l'Auberge du Grand Gousier restaurant in Domfront. We'll be back!
It’s really good to know that you enjoyed your week in Le Fournil here at Le Haut Fresnay. We too enjoyed seeing you both again, and we hope you will come back again soon.
Excellent charming cottage
We had a lovely weeks stay at Le Fournil. Both Nigel and Paul were excellent hosts and had a very good knowledge of the local area. The gite was beautifully decorated and comfortable and the gardens were immaculate. My daughter Charlotte was particularly impressed and fascinated with the bug house. Thank you for a lovely week.
Our 'bug hotel' has been of special interest this year, especially to some of our younger guests, like Charlotte.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Le Fournil, and we hope you will decide to return again one day for another holiday here at Le Haut Fresnay.
Nigel and Paula
Excellent accommodation in beautiful surroundings
We have visited Le Haut Fresnay now for 11 consecutive years, staying in Le Fournil. The cottage is clean, comfortable, well equipped and set in glorious surroundings. There is ample room for children to play and explore, and for adults to relax. This area of France is very peaceful and ideally suited for walking, cycling (numerous quiet lanes on hand close to Le Haut Fresnay so bring your cycles), visiting local towns and villages, but close enough for a day trip to Bayeux, Mont St Michel or the Normandy Beaches. This year we made a return visit to Vitre in Brittany (a drive of about an hour and a half) and enjoyed a lunch of galettes, crepes and cidre. Delicious and great value! Nigel and Paula are very welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts with an abundant knowledge of the local area and are always on hand to assist if necessary. We certainly recommend a visit to Le Haut Fresnay and intend to return again next year!
Dear Denis and Vicky
Thank you so much for your kind review.
It is always a pleasure having you to stay in Le Fournil, and we look forward to seeing you both again next year. It's hard to believe that you have clocked up 11 visits to
Le Haut Fresnay !
Nigel and Paula
A découvrir absolument
Le Haut Fresnay est un lieu idéal pour se ressourcer après une année trépidante. Le parc est très agréable et les gîtes sont aménagés avec beaucoup de goût: l'âme normande a su être conservée et embellie par le charme anglais. Les propriétaires sont des hôtes discrets et très attentionnés qui vous aideront à découvrir les multiples facettes de cette belle région.
Merci de votre appreciation de votre sejour chez nous dans Le Fournil au Haut Fresnay.
Nous esperons avoir le plaisir de vous acceuillir encore une fois prochainement.
Nigel et Paula
D-day landing beaches approx 1.5 hrs driving time. Sandy swimming beaches approx 1 hour driving time. Lake with leisure beach (swimming, crazy golf, walking, children's playground) approx 25 mins driving time (at La Ferté Macé).
By car via Portsmouth / Caen (1.5 hours driving). Portsmouth / LeHavre (2.5 hrs driving). Portsmouth / Cherbourg (3 hours driving). Dover / Calais (5 hours driving). Newhaven / Dieppe (3 hours driving). By air and hire car. Stansted / Dinard (2 hours driving). Manchester or Stansted / Rennes (2 hours driving).
Loré 0.5 miles. Céaucé (market town) 2 miles. Domfront 8 miles. Bagnoles de l'Orne (spa and market town) 15 miles. La Ferté Macé (market town) 16 miles. Mayenne (market town) 17 miles. Laval 35 miles. Normandy Landing Beaches 70 miles. Mont St Michel 55 miles. Alencon, Le Mans, Fougeres, Vitre, Le Haras du Pin, all within easy visiting distance. The Loire Valley 75-80 miles.